Working place: Scientific Associate
Department: Department of Organisms and Ecosystems Research
Dr. Matjaž Bedjanič is a biologist, dealing with faunistics and ecology of dragonflies, grasshoppers and crayfish in Slovenia and the Balkans. His interests also include taxonomy, zoogeography and the conservation of the fauna of dragonflies of Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on Sri Lanka. He is active in wetland research and conservation, and is especially fond of fieldwork and nature photography.
He has professional experience in nature conservation, formerly employed at the State Authority for Nature Conservation and the Institute for Nature Conservation of Slovenia. He is a member of the IUCN SSC Odonata Specialist Group, member of editorial board of Slovene journals Natura Sloveniae and Trdoživ, and editor of bulletin Erjavecia, published by Slovene odonatological society.
Matjaž has authored and co-authored numerous scientific and expert articles and monographs, e.g. a comprehensive work Dragonfly fauna of Sri Lanka: distribution and biology, with threat status of its endemics. His bibliography counts over 350 units.
In autumn 2019, Matjaž joined the Department of Organisms and Ecosystems Research at the National Institute of Biology. He is working on a multi-year nature conservation LIFE project: »LIFE integrated project for enhanced management of Natura 2000 in Slovenia« - LIFE17 IPE/SI/000011 LIFE-IP NATURA.SI